While some intriguing SSE Airtricity League Premier Division fixtures loomed large on Monday night, a result in the First Division caught the eye.

That was over at Turner's Cross where another large attendance was recorded as Cork City struck two early goals to defeat the division's early favourites for promotion Waterford.

That has put Colin Healy's side top on goal difference in a finely poised second-tier table, level on points with John Caulfield's Galway United - who have a game in hand on the other members of the current top three - and Ian Morris' Waterford.

Former Cork City league winner Neal Horgan was at Turner's Cross for the game and left the venue with a sense of optimism about his former side as he told this week's RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

Neal Horgan, Gary Rogers and David Sneyd joined Raf Diallo on this week's podcast to discuss the next Ireland squad and the two rounds of LOI action:

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"Last night in particular, Waterford came and we were all interested to see what this Waterford team were like and they were good, they were very physical, very athletic guys and clearly will have a lot to say about how the league goes on in the year ahead, but Cork dominated the game," he said, adding that the team has a good balance in midfield with Matthew Healy joining the pairing of Barry Coffey and Aaron Bolger.

"[Cork] went to a 3-5-2 because the two wingers, McGlade and Doona, are injured and they brought in two wing-backs who have come through the academy - Darragh Crowley and Cian Bargary - and played brilliantly.

"So it bodes well for Cork because they can now go from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2 with those wingers when they're back. They had other injuries as well. Coleman their captain was injured and they still put on a performance that this crowd will be back again, I can tell you that for nothing in our next home game."

The high attendance figures for Cork's home games have enthused Horgan with their three Turner's Cross fixtures attracting sizeable crowds.

"It's absolutely brilliant," he said.

"I mean, you're in the First Division, they got just under 5,000 against Galway for the first home game, over 4,000 against Cobh Ramblers last Friday, which traditionally even when we were playing in the Premier Division and Ramblers were in the Premier Division, we were doing well to get 4,000.

"On Monday then there were 3,000 on a Monday night after 4,000. It's phenomenal figures for the First Division and it's great for the club."

But one thing that Horgan hopes is settled for the long-term future of the club is the situation with the proposed Grovemoor Limited takeover.

In December 2020, the takeover of the club did not go ahead after the Munster FA and the company failed to agree terms for the use of Turner's Cross for the 2021 season, although Grovemoor did help the club to obtain a license for that campaign.

"The only thing from my own point of view is that I would like to see the off-field scenario with the Grovemoor- Preston thing resolve itself one way or the other," he said.

"Because whilst all this is going well and fine on the pitch, we need some kind of confirmation of the future there, whether they're going on or not. This is taking too long from my point of view."

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